Much like a Sunday roast, Christmas dinner is all about timing. Though unlike the Sunday dinner, there are many more things to be thinking about and sorting. From extras like cranberry sauce and pigs in blankets, there is a lot more to be thinking about and coordinating. And you can’t go without them right? It just wouldn’t be the same! Which is why prepping the night before (or even a couple of days before), can be one of the best things to do, so that you’re not spending half of your day in the kitchen on the day itself.
There are plenty of things that can be prepared in advance.
From the sprouts, carrots, desserts, and sauces, you can get a lot of the prep done in the few days before Christmas (plus, you can always buy things like cranberry sauce rather than making it yourself)! But HelloFresh, the gurus behind the meal packs that you can have delivered, have put together a ‘cheat sheet’ or dinner guide, to help you with your timings when it comes to your Christmas dinner.
Having a copy of my own, you can request a copy of the Christmas dinner on their website, is really hand to have pinned up in the kitchen. From different ways to prepare Brussel sprouts, to the steps to take to get the best roasties, as well as the best things to prepare in advance, it is all there.
Getting the turkey right is key with Christmas dinner.
And you can also get the HelloFresh tips and tricks for getting your roast turkey just right. If it is too dry, it can be a massive disappointment – the piece de resistance on 25th December is a perfect turkey, right? It is on our house anyway! Plus, no one wants to get sick from it being undercooked either; it really is a fine art.
If you need a quick few tips and tricks to get the best carrots and parsnips, along with the extra tips you can get from HelloFresh, then I would recommend:
- Maple Syrup
- Glaze carrots and parsnips with maple syrup. Then pop in a roasting dish to cook until soft. It will caramelise them beautifully and bring out the natural sweetness of the vegetables.
- I love rosemary with my roast potatoes, but the combo also works well for when you are roasting carrots and parsnips. It gives the whole thing a real good flavour. For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without plenty of rosemary involved. You could dd a hint of time if you’d like too.
What is your favourite thing about Christmas dinner? Being organised is important, as well as getting everything in order. Assign out tasks to people (especially things like drinks and laying the table) so that you can get on in the kitchen with minimal fuss.
If the thought of preparing your Christmas dinner brings you out in a cold sweat, then heading on over to their site to ‘foolproof your Christmas’ could be a really good idea!
Who makes the dinner in your house? Would love to hear what you think!